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UTSA conference to focus on economic development of rural communities

Texas Rural Challenge

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(May 29, 2013) -- The Rural Business Program in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) will host its annual Texas Rural Challenge June 18-19 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center, 1001 McCarty Lane, San Marcos, Texas, 78666. The gathering is Texas' only statewide economic development conference for rural communities.

Offered in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Texas Economic Development Council, the conference will focus on the challenges facing rural Texans. It also will spur small business and economic growth in rural communities by providing attendees with practical and proven approaches to rural development.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Andres Alcantar, chairman commissioner representing the public, Texas Workforce Commission
  • Candace Klein, founder and CEO, BG Ventures and SoMoLend
  • Vaughn L. Grisham, director emeritus, McLean Institute for Community Development/professor emeritus of sociology, University of Mississippi
  • Javier Moreno, assistant manager of corporate and product communications, Toyota Motors North America Inc.

Additionally, the conference will offer breakout sessions in three tracks: Business and Economic Development, Community Development and Statewide Rural Issues. Breakout session topics include, but are not limited to, municipal training, best practices for growth, innovation and funding, and rural success stories. (View the tentative agenda).

"Henry Ford said it best: 'Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress.' That is what the Texas Rural Challenge is all about. Bringing people together, making progress and achieving success," said Gilbert Gonzalez, director of the UTSA Rural Business Program. "We are proud to be hosting the conference and know that the discussions and relationships established here will improve the rural community."

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 12 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. It serves San Antonio, the Texas-Mexico border area, and regional, national and international stakeholders, supporting UTSA's community engagement mission with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses.

The institute's Rural Business Program provides customized technical assistance, training, advisory services, research, strategic planning, business and resource development to rural small and medium­sized businesses, economic development corporations, communities and local governments.

>> To learn more about the Texas Rural Challenge and to register, visit the Texas Rural Challenge website or contact Gilbert Gonzalez at 210-458-2877.

>> Connect online with the UTSA Institute for Economic Development on Facebook or Twitter.



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First Friday Stargazing

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Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

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